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Priest's killer saw how to use gun on TV

2012-02-21 22:10

Pretoria - He had seen on television how to cock a firearm, but did not know what happened when he shot a Diepsloot priest to death, a 20-year-old killer told the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Nelson Malope, who was last year sentenced to 18 years imprisonment for murdering and robbing Diepsloot Catholic priest, Father Louis Blondel, 70, on December 7, 2009, testified for the State in the trial of four of his friends.

Kgaugelo Manzini, Thembalethu Sindane, Freddy Mahlangu and Jabu Ndebele, all aged between 18 and 22, have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Malope testified he and the four accused had planned to rob the presbytery in Diepsloot because they had an "order" for a computer.

He said Mahlangu had bought a firearm at a shebeen. They decided to take it along during the robbery.

"Our plan was not to use the firearm, just to go and take those things we wanted. We were just going to scare the person at the house to give us what we want."

Malope testified that the five of them had jumped over the wall at the presbytery and that he and Sindane had climbed into the house through a window that was not properly closed.

In one of the rooms they found a man asleep.

Sindane pulled the blanket off the man, who woke up. Malope cocked the firearm and pointed it at the man, as he had seen on television. The man was forced to open the door to let in the other three attackers and told them the computer was in his room.

While the four accused went with the man to fetch the computer, Malope looked to see if there were other people in the house.

"When I opened the door the person was near the door listening to us.

"I pointed the firearm at him. It was dark. As I was pointing the firearm at him I was also scared. I don't know what happened. A gunshot went off. I left and stood near the door outside. The others followed me," Malope testified.

He said he did not remove anything from the house, but saw Manzini carrying a computer box and Ndebele a screen.

Sindane later showed him a silver watch he had taken. He later heard that a cellphone and R50 in cash had also been stolen. Afterwards, they went to Sindane's place and stashed the loot.

Police found the watch and a firearm in Malope's possession during his arrest two days later. He said it had been their plan that someone would come and fetch the computer.

A statement by Father Blondel's colleague, Father Guido Bourgeois, was handed in as evidence on Monday.

The prosecution told the court Bourgeois was very old, had suffered a stroke and had returned to Canada since.

The trial continues.

Comments
  • John - 2012-02-22 05:32

    Yeah.... Mzansi Fo Sho fault..... Nelson, is "order" for a computer was also on TV? Likely he didn't watch Batman Returns...otherwise entire Diepsloot and Danfern will be wasted by him.

  • Silvana - 2012-02-22 06:06

    Just plain F*#king criminals. Attack a priest because you're 100% sure he doesn't have a firearm. You and your ilk are what fuel racism. Apologies to the decent Black people on here.

      Naledi - 2012-02-22 11:24

      Dont worry we also know that there are decent white people out there.

  • Thopa - 2012-02-22 08:41

    I saw how to care on T.V so whats your point?

  • stampalex - 2012-02-22 08:44

    Malope and friends - you are basically just pieces of sh&t. You are thieves and murderers. Just like every other jerk-off brother who's a thief, murderer, rapist, corrupt politician, drunk driver (the list goes on and on and on...) you never take responsibility for your cr*p. There's always something else to blame - if not apartheid then TV, or your brother/mother/friend, or the d^mn weather. Hell you guys are really scum.

  • Mark - 2012-02-22 08:45

    hell Garth.. your lack of intellect astounds me.. a solitary,unarmed priest is shot and murdered but hey, thats ok, because the catholic church has "killed tens of thousands".

      ArchAngel - 2012-02-22 10:34

      @Garth: T'is indeed a great pity that a large expanse of water divides us, a great pity indeed. Be advised though, that your words WILL come back to haunt you and you will remember my comment here today when they do. From now until the day you draw your last breath, you WILL remember that.

      Kenneth - 2012-02-23 14:12

      an eye for an eye is not the answer sir. Which is why we forgave our apartheid oppressors rather than killing tens of thousands of them.u cannot justify the killing of people whether white,catholic or moslem.Its wrong.

  • John - 2012-02-22 09:07

    The TV made me do it......

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-02-22 09:59

    Funny how my comment appeared on Facebook and not here...... Censorship?

  • Kenneth - 2012-02-22 12:00

    The 18yr sentence is a slap on the wrist for the loss of a human life.Look Mandela, whose name is also Nelson was released after 27yrs, but never killed anybody.This rat should have learnt on TV that killers go to jail, as for him he must get life in prison.Anyway why not bring back the death sentence,we are sick and tired of these murders that kill our people and some still roam the streets on parole.Lets wake up,one day it will be you or worst your own child.

  • Burtfred - 2012-02-22 19:17

    Just hang the useless fu***rs No place in decent society for trash like that.

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